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Gadsden police: Boyfriend of woman found dead Monday night jailed on hindering prosecution charge

Leon Marbury III

The search for a missing Gadsden woman ended Monday night when officers found her body on the side of a road.Police have not said how 41-year-old Vanessa Christine Lee died.{} Her boyfriend, 53-year-old Leon Marbury III, is in custody.{}{}{}{} The management of Forest River Apartments called police Monday morning to do a welfare check on the unit where Lee and Marbury lived."When they entered the apartment, they found no one, but they did find evidence that a crime had been committed," patrol captain Paul Cody said."At that point the [officers] began an investigation into what was found inside the apartment."Cody declined to say what the evidence is, but said it was obvious that something was wrong and they needed to find Lee.{} The search went to the water by the apartment complex's boardwalk."Being the close proximity of the Coosa River, we requested the assistance of the state marine police, along with the Etowah County Rescue Squad, and they assisted with a dive operation to ensure that Ms. Lee was not in the Coosa River," Cody said.SONAR from the marine police boat detected something on the bottom of the river, but investigators determined it was not potential evidence.Officers also began to look for Marbury, and found him in another part of town an hour later.{} After questioning marbury, police arrested him for hindering prosecution.Around 7 p.m., police found Lee's body two miles from the apartments, on the side of the road near the intersection of Davis Street and Fain Street in East Gadsden.{}{}{}{} "They just run down every lead, talked to as many witnesses as they could, until they located Ms. Lee," Cody said.He said Gadsden police expect to file more charges against Marbury by Wednesday.{} Cody said there is a slight day as investigators continue to review the evidence.There are no additional suspects at this time.

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